Rocket Chevy Manager Optimistic During Recovery Process

  • 4/16/2019 2:06:08 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - Cleanup efforts are ongoing at Rocket Chevrolet in Shelby after Sunday's tornado destroyed part of the building and much of the dealership's inventory.

Tyler Armstead, General Manager of the dealership, says the damages will likely cost millions. No one was present when the tornado carved its path through the service area, as well as a separate room where the dealership's owner stored several vintage motorcycles. Cleanup crews have managed to recover a few of the motorcycles, and are salvaging what they can of the vehicles on the property.

Many of the vehicles have windows broken out, leaving shattered glass scattered across the lot, and some have been damaged by flying debris or falling telephone poles. The ground is littered with bricks and debris that used to be part of the service area of the dealership. Several of the vintage motocycles could be seen lying under a layer of dust and dirt.

"All of this can be replaced, the cars can be fixed and replaced, but obviously the people can't," said Armstead, reflecting on the fact that only twenty four hours later, the building would have been full of employees and customers. "We're going to keep working as much as we can, we're going to be moving our service department to a different location so we can take care of our customers that way."

As for sales, it may take a bit longer to get the business up and running. The dealership's inventory will need to be evaluated before they can be sold, which may be a long process. Regardless, he appeared to be optimistic under the circumstances.

"We have insurance, we will rebuild, our employees will be taken care of," said Armstead. "The owner of the dealership is very motivated to take care of everybody." He added that all employees should be recieving their paychecks as soon as possible once the dealership wraps up talks with the insurance company.

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